The Croatian Health Minister, Vili Beroš, gave a statement to the media and commented on the purchase of the Russian vaccine against Covid-19, Sputnik V.
He commented on the procurement of the Russian vaccine, saying that yesterday's conversation with the Russian ambassador was not a sign of separation from European methods. "The conversation was pleasant, constructive and friendly, and we discussed the possibility of purchasing vaccines. We emphasized that this is a possible variant, however, that it must be within the European regulations and all regulations of the Republic of Croatia, which determine when a vaccine and drug can enter the territory of the Republic of Croatia," said Beroš.
"I thank the efforts of our Russian friends in their intention to help us in preventing this viral infection," Beroš said, adding that it was possible for Croatia to procure the Russian vaccine even before the European Medicines Agency decision.
The Croatian Agency for Medical Products and Medical Devices (HALMED) will assess whether this vaccine is safe. "I think it is a legitimate effort by the government to take advantage of all that science has to offer, but maintaining health is the key," Beroš said, adding that he had asked the Russian delegation to submit documents to HALMED, which could determine whether the Russian vaccine was safe and effective.
The decision of HALMED, said Beroš, can be obtained within a few days or weeks, and it will not be waited for months.